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Pennsylvania Severance Tax Illusions

Severance tax illusions seem to be the order of the day in Pennsylvania today among many politicians, but there are some who, thankfully, grasp the realities.  

Seton Hill student tells how Pa. Gov. Wolf's tax plan will hurt her

Penny Fjellanger wasn't thinking about taxes when she enrolled at Seton Hill University last fall.  

Low Marcellus gas prices cut into EQT profits

Profits took a hit from low natural gas prices despite an increase in production at EQT Corp., one of the first major Marcellus drillers to announce earnings for the first quarter of a year punctuated by a rollback in shale activity.  

Wolf garners more opposition to plan replace drilling fee

An organization of Pennsylvania's municipalities is joining counties in opposing Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to replace a variable fee on Marcellus Shale natural gas wells with a flat annual payment to local governments in drilling areas.  

Ohio moves step closer to landing natural gas cracker plant

One proposal to build an ethane cracker in Appalachia took a step forward this week while another hit a delay as companies mull the economics behind spending billions of dollars to convert shale gas to chemicals.  

Pennsylvania well permits hit a low

According to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) information, the number of unconventional well permits issued for this year's first quarter has dropped by 30 percent; the lowest it has been over the last five years.  

Millions needed to replace at-risk natural gas pipes in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's highest-risk natural gas distribution system needs to raise millions of dollars a year to accelerate the replacement of its aged, dangerous pipelines, state regulators said Tuesday.  

Monthly natural gas production reports improve value of Marcellus data

Pennsylvania has gathered just two rounds of new monthly natural gas production reports from Marcellus Shale operators, but analysts say the more timely data has already become a valuable resource for tracking shifts in the nation's dominant shale gas field.